Discussion: Favorite Australian Film

Posted: October 14, 2012


Australian cinema exploded onto the international scene in the Seventies and has remained a considerable source of quality film since then, despite so much of Australia’s best talent being lured away by Hollywood. What’s your favorite Australian film? Richard Pena’s all-time favorite is Jane Campion’s amazing debut feature, SWEETIE. He also favors Fred Schepisi’s THE CHANT OF JIMMIE BLACKSMITH, which he considers one of the most powerful films on race.

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  • BenInBrooklyn

    I love Walkabout, a surreal film from the ’70s filmed by Nicholas Roeg about two kids – a white Australian and an aboriginal boy, stranded in the outback. Check out a trailer:

  • Barbara

    BREAKER MORANT…great film, great cast, great story.

  • Joan Lewis

    Picnic at Hanging Rock. Such menace in such an idyllic setting!

  • RodC

    Mad Max.
    Okay, maybe Rabbit Proof fence or Romper Stomper.

  • Nikki

    I’d add “Summer of the 17th Doll” directed by Leslie Norman to the list.

  • JD Nalley

    Gillian Armstrong’s 1992 drama “The Last Days of Chez Nous”